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Navigating Workplace Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

In the current #MeToo era, a tremendous spotlight has been shone on harassment and unwanted sexual advances due to the numerous scandals traversing the entertainment industry today. Sexual harassment is an all too common occurrence, that is prevalent in the real world and unfortunately permeates into work spaces nationwide. A recent study shows that eighty-one percent of women and forty-three percent of men have reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment or assault in their lifetime. The transgressions range from verbal sexual harassment, to unwanted touching/groping, to sexual assault. The author of the study, Holly Kearl, states that few victims actually confront their harasser, opting to change their lives and routines to avoid harassers and reduce the risk of them being harassed. With thirty-eight percent of women experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, what respite is there for someone who can’t simply avoid an overbearing coworker or boss?

Sexual harassment is just one of the many forms of discrimination that has unfortunately plagued our workforce for decades.  President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Executive Order 11246 that established requirements for non-discriminatory practices in the hiring and employment of US government contractors in 1965, following the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made it unlawful to discriminate in hiring, discharge, promotion, referral, and other facets of employment, on the basis of color, race, religion, sex, or national origin. This is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Workplace harassment and discrimination has a negative impact, not only on the individual afflicted, but on organizations and companies as a whole. It impacts your business by increasing legal costs, driving up employee turnover rate, increasing the amount of work absences and reducing the overall productivity. Businesses today need to make sure they have the mechanisms in place to address and counteract these issues whenever they arise.

Join me on April 3rd at the Taking Care of Business event, through SCORE Chapel Hill/Durham, where I will be presenting on the topic entitled Navigating Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace, where we will discuss sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and how it can impact an organizations ability to succeed. Feel free to register here at the link below:

https://www.carolinachamber.org/events/details/taking-care-of-business-april-2019-5652